What Is Better For Dog Harness Or Collar?
The law clearly states: walking of dogs should be done in a collar and on a leash, while the larger ones should also wear a muzzle. But few people think that the leash is in fact not a means of controlling the dog, but a means of controlling it where the animal should not run freely.
Quite often, one can observe a picture when a dog not trained to the command “next” breaks loose and wheezes, and the owner shortens the leash, winding it around his hand and trying to keep the disobedient pet.
A dog on a short leash can tear to the side, not only because he was not brought up: the dog wants to sniff out some things, explore the territory, communicate with other animals. Finally, the length of the leash may simply not coincide with the distance around the owner, which the animal is trying to protect instinctively.
What threatens the tension of the leash
When wearing a collar, all pressure is taken over by the neck and throat of the animal, from which problems begin. It has already been established that two thirds of the diseases of the back and nervousness of dogs are caused precisely by the collar-leash model combined with jerks. It is also possible to record such diseases as hypothyroidism, impaired vision and hearing, damage to the ganglia in the neck.
The throat of any animal is the most vulnerable place, and any pain here is perceived as a threat to life. A jerk for the throat causes aggression in the dog. As a result, it may turn out that your dog just wanted to get to know another person or a relative more closely, but after the tension of the leash begins to bark. The owner for this does not even need to pull the leash: the dog will do it herself. On any walk jerks are inevitable.
The advantages of harness before the leash
The harness also distributes the load on the chest without causing pain. At the same time, it takes the load off the hands of the owner. It is much more difficult to hold a torn dog in a collar than on a harness: the mount of the leash to the harness is located near the center of gravity of the animal, and when jerking the dog loses balance and can no longer press with all its weight. Of course, you need to train your pet to the correct behavior and the team "next". But even if the dog constantly pulls away, in a harness it will never get the injury that the collar would cause. A collar is generally contraindicated for short-mongrel dogs like a pug and a bulldog, as they have difficulty breathing without it.
It is believed that if the dog continues to pull the leash and even wheezes in the collar, then it does not hurt, saying that there would be pain, it would have been close. However, this is not true: the dog’s psyche is designed in such a way that even serious pain can recede against the background of other experiences. Squeezing the throat is always stress, which reduces the perception of pain. But she does not disappear from this.
About choosing harness
The harness first appeared in dog sledding. Now there are many types of shleek: sports, medical, for trace work in the police, etc. It is necessary to choose a harness for each breed separately, in order to take into account the physiological features of the dog.
But there are also general rules: the harness should fit snugly to the body in all places, without squeezing or interfering with the movements: there should be a palm between the straps and the body of the dog.
Clasps are important, which on cheap devices often cut into the dog’s skin. It is better if there are several fasteners, which will simplify dressing. The side straps of the harness should not pass under the armpits of the animal in order to avoid rubbing: large dogs must have a distance between the strap and the armpit with the palm of the hand, and small fingers have three fingers. Finally, the material of the strap itself should be soft and durable at the same time.
However, when wearing a harness, one should not allow the dog to forget about the collar. Especially if your pet attends the exhibition, where in the ring in the collar he may be nervous. Wearing a harness and collar together is not forbidden. The main thing – do not cling to the leash collar.